In her lifetime, she was known as a civil rights activist, an author, a journalist, a poet, an actress, and a teacher. She was also known as Marguerite Ann Johnson, a fry cook, a prostitute, a nightclub dancer, and a performer. But it was the honesty of her "backstory" and her will to succeed that stands out. She was greatness in the flesh. Like Rahab that saved the "Joshuas" of the world and the Mary Magdalene that followed Jesus, Maya Angelou will forever go down in the history as a prolific "game changer" for the masses. She survived racism, molestation, rape, and poverty. Our excuses, reasons, situations, and circumstances have just been dismissed by the example of her life.
Like many, I loved me some Dr. Maya Angelou. While it is difficult, I do accept and celebrate that the "caged bird" has flown to God's celestial shore. And her final Tweet was perfect:
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.